Plans to turn a historic mansion tucked away on a hillside in Derbyshire’s Derwent Valley into a hotel have been resurrected.
A decade ago, a proposal to turn Cromford Court, off the A6 Derby Road, at Matlock Bath, into a hotel was approved by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
That permission has since lapsed – but now a fresh application has been lodged to convert the impressive Grade II-listed building into the venture.
In its current state, the main building has 25 bedrooms, while an adjacent annex offers three self-contained two and three bedroom flats. It also has parking for 38 vehicles.
Cromford Court is set in woodland and overlooks the Derwent Valley
The building itself is set in nine acres of grounds and sits in an elevated position, overlooking the Derwent Valley.
According to planning documents submitted to the district council by NH Architecture, at one stage there were plans to turn the building into offices and apartments.
But this was changed after “several inquiries” about the building from hotel businesses.
Cromford Court was originally built in 1907 as a home for Mr J T W Lawton, who was works manager of Masson Mills, which is sited opposite. It has a number of interesting architectural features, including its chimney stacks.
The property was formerly the home of the works manager of the nearby mill (Image: Geograph / Richard Vince)
In 1978, the building was bought by The New Tribes Mission, which successfully applied to change its use from a hotel to a residential missionary training unit and Bible school.
While in the mission’s ownership, it added a three-storey annex – known as the West Wing – to accommodate students.
The mission left Cromford Court in 1999. It was eventually sold to its current owners and is now used as a private house.
But the latest plans reveal that at one time Cromford Court was used as a hotel.
They state: “At some stage, date unknown, the building traded as a hotel, presumably capitalising on its heritage, dramatic outlook and privacy gained from its elevated position off the A6 in conjunction with the marked increase in local tourism within the immediate area.”
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Source: Derby Telegraph